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Port Coquitlam physics teacher to achieve his lifelong dream of trip to CERN

Edward Csuka will be visiting the CERN particle accelerator in July as part of his Canadiana Association of Physicists teaching award.
Edward Csuka, who teaches at Terry Fox Secondary school in Port Coquitlam, will be heading to Switzerland in July to visit the CERN particle accelerator.

A Port Coquitlam physics and technology teacher will soon be heading to Geneva, Switzerland, for the trip of a lifetime.

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is sending Edward Csuka to CERN this summer in recognition of his teaching excellence.

Csuka, who won his CAP award in February, wrote a proposal about why he should receive the additional prize of an all-expenses paid trip to visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, which houses the world’s largest atomic particle collider in the world.

This week, the Terry Fox Secondary School teacher learned he will be going on the trip.

“I am excited to announce that I have been selected for the all expenses paid trip to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. I will be departing on July 1st or 2nd and returning on July 16 or 17 this year. It is an incredible opportunity to rub elbows with many of the top physics minds in the world,” Csuka stated in an email.

CERN is the Center for European Nuclear Research where the world’s largest ever scientific experiment is being conducted underground in the huge 27-km diameter supercollider called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

The LHC accelerates protons to near the speed of light in two opposite directions and smashes them together to learn more about the fundamental nature of the universe.

“There are many experiments happening, but most notably, the Higgs boson was discovered here in 2012 leading to a Nobel Prize for Peter Higgs,” said Csuka.

In February, Csuka told the Tri-City News he’s been interested in physics since he was a young student and wants to visit CERN where some incredible research is taking place.

“As a physics teacher, I’ve followed the building of this thing. It’s the biggest experiment humans have conducted by far. This is where nature is talking to us, where new physics is happening.”